I must admit I was as incredulous as everybody else when this was announced. Any talk of nationalisation makes me cringe.
Full text of Jeremy Corbyn’s speech on Labour’s British Broadband announcement – The Labour Party
A Labour government will make broadband free for everybody. And not just any broadband, but the very fastest. Full-fibre broadband to every home, in every part of our country, for free – as a universal public service.
And once it’s up and running, instead of you forking out for your monthly bill, we’ll tax the giant corporations fairly – the Facebooks and the Googles – to cover the running costs.
But perhaps I’m being too hasty to dismiss this?
The Conservative’s own research shows why Labour’s broadband plan makes perfect sense – Wired UK
Research commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) last year argued that current major providers are competing for a slice of just 75 per cent of the UK broadband market – and largely ignoring rural areas that they consider unprofitable. …
Openreach was even identified as the best (and only) contender for the job, and advised against “competitive tendering”. In a similar way to Australia and Singapore, this model could deliver coverage at a lower cost than a model that relies more heavily on the private sector, analysts argued.
We’ll have to wait and see. It could all be academic anyway, come 12 December.